Leaving comments on other blogs is one of the most efficient ways to
promote your own blog, and to network with fellow readers and blog
Given the rise of blog spam, however, getting your comments approved
is not as easy as it sounds. Below you’ll find 10 ways to get your
comments blocked or deleted (so yeah, avoid them if you can).
1. Use a keyword as your name
The field “Name” on the comment form refers to your name. It doesn’t
refer to your blog name, and it certainly doesn’t refer to keyword you
are trying to optimize for. Writing something like “John Doe –
CarsBlog.com” is fine for most blog owners, but “Cheap Car Parts” would
flag you as spam from miles away.
2. Use sensitive keywords in your comment
Even if you comment is a legitimate one, you should avoid using
sensitive keywords like viagra, loans, and blackjack,
because the spam filter of the blog will probably block your comment.
3. Use HTML to make your comment stand out
Sure, you want to make sure that people will read your comment and
visit your blog after that, but don’t try to achieve that by using the
bold or italic typefaces throughout your comment.
4. Write in capital letters
The same is true for writing in CAPITAL LETTERS. The analogy for this
would be people trying to have a nice conversation while you come
screaming at them with your thoughts on the issue. The blog owner will
probably just delete your comment.
5. Write a one-line comment
Maybe you are in a hurry, maybe you just want to get a link back to
your blog. Either way, if all you write is “Great post!” or “I will
certainly try to use that information!”, there are good chances that
your comment will be deleted.
6. Write a comment before reading the post
If it becomes clear to the blog owner that you wrote your comment
without even reading or understanding his post, he’ll probably just
delete it. Even if he approves your comment you’ll look a bit stupid, so
make sure to read the post before commenting.
7. Include a link to a dubious page in your comment
Including a link to a related post inside your comment is usually
fine. However, you should clarify where the link is pointing to. If the
blog owner gets suspicious about the link he’ll probably just delete the
whole comment to be on the safe side.
8. Include a second link to your site at the end of your
Most blog platforms allow you to include the URL of your website when
leaving a comment, and that URL will be used to link your name to your
site. Some people, however, like to reinforce that by signing-off their
comments with their name and with a second link to their sites. Needless
to say this practice makes the comment look spammy.
9. Use foul language in your comment
Expressing your opinion is fine, but don’t include foul language in
your comment, even if you are upset or annoyed by something in the post.
This is one of the quickest ways to get your comment deleted.
10. Attack the author or other commenters
Criticism is fine, and even appreciated by most bloggers. Personal
attacks and confrontations, however, will only make you sound like a
troll, reducing the chances of getting your comments approved.